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cylinder head

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noun
  1. (in a reciprocating engine or pump) a detachable plate or cover on the end opposite to that from which the piston rod or connecting rod projects.
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Origin of cylinder head

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for cylinder head

Historical Examples

  • McTerza was put on the mails, and, coming down one day on the White Flyer, he blew a cylinder-head out of the 416.

    The Nerve of Foley

    Frank H. Spearman

  • We both worked swiftly as we talked, running down the nuts on the cylinder-head studs.

  • And I explained all about how we blowed out a cylinder-head at the mouth of White River, and it took us three days to fix it.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • During the night, we let our steam go down, to give the engineer an opportunity of screwing up the cylinder-head.


British Dictionary definitions for cylinder head

cylinder head

noun
  1. the detachable metal casting that fits onto the top of a cylinder block. In an engine it contains part of the combustion chamber and in an overhead-valve four-stroke engine it houses the valves and their operating mechanismsSometimes shortened to: head
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